CALL/ACBD Research Grant Information
The CALL/ACBD Research Grant was established in 1996 to provide members with financial assistance to carry out research in areas of interest to members and to the association. The Committee to Promote Research manages the grant process, receiving and evaluating applications and making recommendations to the Executive Board for award of the Research Grant.
Applications are normally due March 15, so that an award can be made at the annual meeting in May each year. If no award is made in May there is normally another round, with applications due October 15.
There is not a fixed limit to the amount for the Research Grant. Recent awards have ranged from $1400 to $4400.
The criteria used to evaluate Research Grant applications are:
the applicant must be a member of CALL/ACBD
applicants may apply individually or in partnership with another researcher
the proposed research project must promote an understanding of legal information sources or law librarianship. Legal information sources might be assessed as to access thereto, costs thereof, overall quality including authority, accuracy, etc. Alternatively the project might encompass a comparative analysis of similar sources; critical analysis of content, format, access, etc.; a bibliometric analysis, or bibliographic development. Law librarianship might be analyzed from the point of view of management, services, or related issues such as copyright, technology, etc.
the proposed project must result in a report to the organization, including a notice on the web site both of the research in progress and completion of the project
in addition, publication in some reputable journal or electronic publication on CALL/ACBD's web site, or some other web site, is desired
monies granted may be for research assistance, online costs, compensating time off, purchase of software, travel, clerical assistance, etc.
funding is available for ongoing projects that fall within the guidelines
The final decision to award the research grant will be made by the CALL/ACBD Executive, based on the recommendation of the Committee to Promote Research.
Previous applicants who were not awarded funding are welcome to reapply.
To apply for this research grant please submit an application (above) outlining the proposed project, the amount of money requested and a brief budget setting out how the funds will be spent. Please follow the format of the application form. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate that they have completed a preliminary investigation as to the feasibility of their proposed project (for example, undertaken a literature search for similar studies).
Please email the completed application and attachments to:
For further information in preparing an application, please contact a member of the Committee to Promote Research.